The article mentions Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Cumberland County is on the other side of the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. It has been a Republican stronghold since the Civil War and has not been carried by a Democratic Presidential candidate since 1964. I am quite familiar with it as my older son lives there and several of my relatives live there.
The east end of the county forms part of the Harrisburg metropolitan area, while the central portion and western portion are heavily rural.
Trump carried Cumberland County easily in 2016. But just 2 years later, Tom Wolf carried the county for Democrats in the Governor’s race. The Republican Senate candidate in 2018 carried Cumberland County, but at a far reduced margin from Trump in 2016.
Biden does not need to carry Cumberland County. He merely needs to reduce the margin from that of 2016. Just a few thousand vote swing in Cumberland County and other suburban counties is all he needs to carry Pennsylvania.
And as the linked article says, Trump is losing the battle in the suburbs. Small town America and Rural America can only provide so many votes. If he can’t dig up voters in the suburbs, he is not going to win.
Seems like the AP news report here is hoping their readers to make something concerning coming from the mouth of this little known local politician?
Most are well aware that Trump is in Ohio tonight and PA two times this week alone.
And per Ballotpedia state senator can not even run again in Ohio District 6 again because she is maxed out on term limits.
Also below is a little more of the details on Ms. Lehner herself:
Peggy Lehner (b. August 5, 1950) is a Republican member of the Ohio State Senate, representing District 6. She was first appointed to the chamber in January 2011, to replace Jon Husted (R), who was elected to secretary of state in November 2010.
Lehner served in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 37 from 2009 to 2011. She also served in the state Senate in 2008. Lehner previously served as councilwoman of Kettering, Ohio, from 1998 to 2008, and as vice-mayor from 2004 to 2006.